A pilot edition of a visualised version of Kermode and Mayo’s film slot from BBC Radio 5 live has been made by independent production company Somethin’ Else.
At the start of the programme, Mark Kermode describes it as a ‘radio show with pictures’, before he and Simon Mayo agree to just call it a ‘Thing’.
The format sees the pair doing dedicated links for the 24-minute long ‘Thing’, recorded in the BBC’s New Broadcasting House, interspersed with footage of them in the 5 live studio doing their weekly radio show, plus movie clips from the films they’re discussing. The radio studio footage is shot to look like TV rather than using the station’s usual webcams.
The pilot edition features Carey Mulligan who stars in Far From The Madding Crowd and has already been watched more than 30,000 times on YouTube. It’s also on the Kermode & Mayo page on the BBC website.
Producers say the Film Thing is a one-off for now but hope that it will become a regular Thing. It’s been backed by the BBC Arts commissioning editor, Greg Sanderson.
Jez Nelson, CEO of Somethin’ Else, told RadioToday: “We hope it will become regular. It’s an extension of the growing world of Kermode and Mayo – we reckon through live TX, podcast, Facebook, YouTube etc we reach 2 million people a week. It’s the UK’s leading film brand.”
Kermode and Mayo have been doing their weekly film review on 5 live since 2001, when Simon was the weekday afternoon host on the station. Since 2005 their podcasts have been downloaded more than 50 million times and the weekly podcast is still the BBC’s second most-downloaded each week after The Archers. The pair first worked together in 1994 on Radio 1.
Watch the Kermode & Mayo Film Thing here: